A professional home inspection will reveal a lot about your future home. Besides learning about the mechanical operations of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects. A recent national survey of home inspectors revealed what are the eight top home inspection problems.
• Improper surface grading and drainage. This was by far the most frequently found problem.
• Improper and undersized electrical wiring. Many inspectors, about 20 percent, found this to be the most common home inspection problem.
• Older and damaged roofs. About nine percent of inspectors cited this as the most-common home inspection problem.
• Deficient and older heating systems. Problems include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, unsafe exhaust flues and cracked heat exchangers.
• Poor Overall Maintenance including cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, make-shift wiring or plumbing.
• Damage to structural components such as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters or window and door headers.
• Plumbing defects including the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines and improperly strapped hot water heaters.
• Exteriors items such as doors and wall surfaces, inadequate caulking and/or poor weather stripping.
Be sure your inspector has thoroughly covered these areas in their report. It is recommended you have a list of questions for the inspector.